Matariki Court

Matariki: Huarahi ki te oranga tangata

The Matariki Court is based in Kaikohe, Northland. Where a person pleads guilty to an offence, but before the court imposes a sentence on that person, the court will allow the offender to participate in a culturally appropriate rehabilitation programme (under the Sentencing Act 2002, s 25).

The offender’s iwi, hapū and whānau may be involved in developing the rehabilitation programme. If the offender successfully completes this programme, the court will take this into account when it sets the final sentence.

Matariki Court application process. Defendant has to apply, be accepted and comp

Matariki Court Application Process Chart


Picture of Judge Greg Davies. Head and shoulders.

E ngā mana
E ngā reo, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ki ngā tini aituā e ai ki a tatou, e kore nga mihi
ki a koutou e mutu.
He uri o Rahiri tenei e mihi atu ki a koutou.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

In the far north where I sit, we work with the assistance of Ngapuhi and groups within Ngapuhi communities. In dealing with offenders and victims in our community, whānau hold a critical piece of the puzzle to assist in reducing Māori crime.

There are no quick or easy solutions to the rate of offending in our communities. Working with whānau and the community networks generally will provide a broader understanding fo the role and functions of the Court, and ensure that the Court has quality information about offenders and their communities.

Judge Greg Davis

District Courts of New Zealand Annual Report 2013